Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Pauanui Trail - Stage 1

Whangamata, Waikato

Submitted by Angela Hallberg

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9

Gnarl Factor: 11








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush



Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.4%


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Follow the marked trail which takes you along the banks of the Tairua River - you really can't go wrong. You start by heading across the wetlands boardwalk to the boat ramp at the end of Tangitatori Lane. Continue up the trail which takes you along the foreshore around the back of the holiday homes on Tangitarori Lane, avoid trekking across the pa site (this is marked). You'll pass through the WW1 Memorial Forest, then the track splits - I usually keep left so take the more inland track on the way out and the one closest to the water on the way back. You'll follow the estuary around to the 4.5km mark which is the One Lane Bridge at Duck Creek, where currently the trail stops. Soon the trail will continue all the way to Hikuai, and eventually to Tairua, but for now turn around and head back the way you came, or take the road back if you fancy some hill work!

WW1 Memorial Forest commemorating the Sinai – Palestine campaign. Wetlands - please ensure any dogs are on leads so they do not pose a threat to birdlife

Plenty of parking along Waterways Parade.

35 km

36 minutes




Generally good.


Take your own, nearest amenities (water and toilets) are at the other end of Waterways Parade.

Can be muddy after rain, a bit exposed to cold SW winds up the river in winter, so wear warm clothes if this is likely.

There are several cafes at the main Pauanui shops - take your pick!

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Angela Hallberg

Angela Hallberg

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Trail Reviews

Great run. Paired it with the Pauanui summit. Undulating and beautiful view. Not too much fancy footwork so actually runable for the likes of me. Did 10km as the trail is extending over time

Karen Koch

November 22, 2022

Nice run - well worth a crack if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Rob Holm

September 14, 2022

This is a great little run which exceeded expectations. As it's pretty flat you can always team up with the Pauanui Summit loop to get your does of hills! Thanks for sharing Angela.

Anthony Sowerby

October 19, 2020

Nice easy run with great scenery and lots of birdlife. The track is mainly flat with a few short gentle hills. Good for an easy recovery run.

Kirstine Collins

August 30, 2020

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